Graphical Construction Glossary >> Roofs and roofing. >> Roof Coverings >> terra cotta tiles
Above is a shot of some quintessentially English pantiles.
Centuries old roof tiles in Ravenna Northern Italy
The technique of alternating rows of overlapping concave and convex using tiles from the same simple mould, combined with the overlapping as they went up the slope has got to be a major innovation in building construction
It developed independently in Europe and the east. Above is an example of Mediterranean terracotta tiles and below are the so called "Ying and Yang" tiles of China and the Far East
See also the ancient Roman imbrex and tegula tiles.See also shingle type terracotta tiles fixed as roof tiles and as wall gable end shingles.
For more on clay roofing tiles with some photos of traditional tile and brick kilns.
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